1524- Purchasing and inventory control workers
Purchasing and inventory control workers
Purchasing and inventory control workers process purchasing transactions and maintain inventories of materials, equipment and stock. They are employed by retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturing companies, government agencies and other establishments.
Purchasing control workers perform some or all of the following duties:
Review requisition orders for accuracy and verify that materials, equipment and stock are not available from current inventories
Source and obtain price quotations from catalogues and suppliers and prepare purchase orders
Calculate cost of orders and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts
Process purchases within purchasing authority
Contact suppliers to schedule deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed deliveries and other problems
Prepare and maintain purchasing files, reports and price lists.
Inventory control workers perform some or all of the following duties:
Monitor inventory levels as materials, equipment and stock are issued, transferred within an establishment or sold to the public using manual or computerized inventory systems
Compile inventory reports, recording the quantity, type and value of materials, equipment and stock on hand, using manual or computerized inventory systems
Prepare requisition orders to replenish materials, equipment and stock
Maintain stock rotation and dispose of and account for outdated stock
Enter data for production scheduling, stock replenishment/relocation and inventory adjustments
Reconcile physical inventories with computer counts.
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Courses in purchasing management may be required for purchasing clerks.
Courses in production and inventory management and ability to operate a computerized inventory system may be required for inventory clerks.
The duties of purchasing and inventory clerks may overlap in some establishments.
Progression to supervisory positions or more senior occupations such as purchasing agent or retail buyer is possible with additional training or experience.
National Occupation Classification, (2011)
Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,
Catalogue no. 12-583-X